stroke often affects movement and use of one side of
the body, so getting dressed is often difficult for people after a
Getting dressed may be easier if you use stocking/sock aids,
rings or strings attached to zipper pulls, and buttonhooks. Talk with a nurse
or physical therapist about assistive devices that may help you get dressed.
Clothing may be easier to put on if it has features such as:
Since you've recently had a stroke, ask your doctor these questions at your next visit.
1. How soon can I expect to recover after my stroke?
2. How will having a stroke change what I can and can't do?
3. Will I need to change my diet? What foods should I be avoiding or eating more of?
4. Are there any other lifestyle changes I should make?
5. Would physical or occupational therapy be helpful? Can you make a referral?
6. Are there any medications I should take to help me during my recovery?
Lay out your clothes in the order that you will
put them on, with those you will put on first on top of the
Sit down while you dress.
Put your affected arm
or leg into the piece of clothing first, before the unaffected arm or
Removing clothing that has to go over your head may be difficult. To
undress after a stroke has affected an arm or leg, remove the stronger arm or
leg from the clothing first, then slip out your affected arm or leg.
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March 12, 2014
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